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San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

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Address: 404 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: (619) 338-9888
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Discover the best kept secret in downtown San Diego. The San Diego Chinese...

Discover the best kept secret in downtown San Diego. The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing Chinese and Chinese American art, culture and history. Exhibits include a hand-carved bed that belonged to a Chinese warlord, a 1500-year-old limestone Buddha head, a tranquil Asian garden and koi pond, intricate miniature models of old Chinatown buildings, and there are always new exhibits in our new extension building.

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This "museum complex on 3 different streets in San Diego's Chinatown that today is known as the Gaslamp and was previously also the locale of prostitutes and called the Stingray... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
San Diego, California

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This "museum complex on 3 different streets in San Diego's Chinatown that today is known as the Gaslamp and was previously also the locale of prostitutes and called the Stingray is well-worth visiting. Included is a traditional museum with historical artifacts from nearby archeological digs, a special exhibit location that's almost across the street in the Dr. Sun Yatsen Memorial... More 

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Lake Stevens, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We were surprised to see a China Town in San Diego, so we had to see the history. Very nice and wonderful displays. Great examples of artifacts used by local Chinese immigrants. I did see the same palm tree rain gear that we saw in Pendleton Oregon's underground tour. I also saw a few things I have never seen. The... More 

Thank Barry E
Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

SDCHM is a great museum on the southern edge of the Gaslamp District, only a stone's throw from the Convention Center. Admission is only $2, but kindly think of donating a bit more. The museum covers the history of Chinese in San Diego, which is really the history if Chinese in America. Every historic Chinatown has a similar story. They... More 

Thank octrekster
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This small history museum covers a lot of ground in a small space. This forgotten portion of race relations in early California history is well documented here. From the gold miners through the first Chinese laundries to the restaurant culture- it spans a great deal of information. Most of which may not be known to the non-Asian populations. The docents... More 

Thank Wanderpair
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Great little museum in the quaint Chinatown of San Diego. Staff is awesome and very helpful. Anyone interested in learning more about Asian in California should definitely visit.

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Lakewood, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Although this is a small museum, the admission price is very cheap ($2 Jan/2014) and it has some very interesting exhibits. The main room is divided with on side displaying items from the old San Diego Chinatown, and local Chinese history and the other side showing artifacts from China. In back is very lovely and peaceful courtyard and garden. Across... More 

2 Thank Lance P
North Hollywood, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

This area once known for crime and prostitution was also home to San Diego's Chinatown. The museum is small but worth a visit. Admission is only $2. If you enjoy history, this museum is a good place to learn about a community that has so often been ignored in history books, yet played such a big part in the development... More 

3 Thank MJJ122
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Small , yet interesting museum located in the Gaslamp District . It consist of two building one across from the other one. Staff were very knowledgeable and attentive in responding your question about Chinese community that came for the Gold rush and Transcontinental railroad workers. Exhibit consist of donations from different people, such as clothing, pictures, furniture, glassware, money, etc.... More 

4 Thank JorgeL2
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

This is a small museum located quite close to the Convention Center filled with SD Chinese artifacts collected/donated before the huge hotels took over landscape. Few know of the struggles the Chinese faced in the early days of California history. Here we see photos and artifacts, many from the laundry businesses of the Chinese and exquisite carvings brought over from... More 

3 Thank flsouri
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Tip: 1h is enough to visit, the garden is really simple but beautiful, nice exhibition about tea Pros: $2 fee, lots of information about Chinese community in San Diego, beautiful art pieces, gorgeous garden (with huge carps) , extremely attentive staff, convenient location if you are visiting Gaslamp The staff is extremely attentive and nice. An old lady explained lots... More 

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